Preston City Council’s leader is taking action to stop himself getting a pay rise.Advertisement
Councillor Peter Rankin is set to table a motion to reject an independent report which would see his allowance rise by more than £1,500 per year.
A report from the Independent Remunerations Panel is due to be discussed at the full coucnil meeting on Thursday 11 December.
In it there are calls to increase councillor Rankin’s pay from £8,933 per year to £10,595 per year.
Councillors across the board on Preston City Coucil are set to get a 2.2 per cent increase in their basic allowance over the next two years.
This is in line with a recent pay rise given to city council staff.
Councillor Rankin said: “I simply cannot accept the proposed increase to the Leader’s allowance.
“Being Leader is a busy and demanding job as Preston is the biggest District authority in Lancashire. However, as the Council is under huge pressure to cut services and save money, it would be wrong to accept such a large increase to the Leader’s allowance at a time of financial austerity.
“Council workers have just accepted a two year pay deal of 2.2 per cent and this is the benchmark for us as Councillors too. This I believe is an acceptable increase for allowances.
“I am grateful that the Independent Panel has recognised the Council Leader’s workload and the fact that Preston’s Leader receives a lower allowance than all but one of the District Leaders in Lancashire. However, despite that, I cannot agree with the decision of the
“I would like to put forward an amendment rejecting the proposed increase in the Leader’s allowance and proposing that the 2.2 per cent increase applies across the board. If this proposal is accepted by Labour Group colleagues then the amendment will be put to Council.
“I believe this is a position that any reasonable person would expect us to take and one that I hope will have the unanimous support of the Council.”
If the changes to members allowances are introduced it will cost the city council £10,860 more per year.
You can read the full report on the city council website.